University of York

University of York


The course aims to impart a general foundation and background in sociolinguistics; give students a practical training in techniques used in sociolinguistics; enable them to apply their skills and knowledge to linguistic data; introduce them to research questions and methodologies in sociolinguistics; enable them to perform original research in sociolinguistics.

Entry requirements

Students should normally hold or expect to receive at least a 2.1 or equivalent in their 1st degree.

Course modules

Module includes: phonetics and phonology; syntax; language variation and change; quantitative methods; topics in language variation and change; phonological variation and change; specific training and dissertation; research training.

Assessment methods

Autumn Term: Assessment for Autumn Term is in two parts: a dossier of exercises is submitted in the middle of the Autumn Term, and another one is handed in at the start of the Spring Term.Spring Term: Each option is generally assessed by a 5,000 word essay handed in at the start of the Summer Term.Dissertation: The course culminates in a sustained period of independent research and the production of a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 15,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 322650